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11/8/18

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Post-Mid-Term Elections

Here’s an update on my mini-campaign “I Buy Blue. How About You?” which I started in early 2017. Read the revised list of states here.

Now that the result of the 2018 midterm elections are in, some states have turned from red to purple, thereby escaping the dreaded “avoid” status for purchases, conferences, etc.

If you’re retirement age, you may remember the “red scare” back when Communists were called “reds.” Now predominantly Republican states are called “red.” I prefer “regressive” or even “repressive” because many of them are heavily committed to voter suppression.

I avoid the conservative vs. liberal distinction. It’s more meaningful to use identifies such as “corporatist” for those who work for profits over people and “militarist” for those who would continue to force-feed the military. Most Republicans and some Democrats are corporatists and militarists.

Progressives—Sanders Democrats and Greens—tend to be neither corporatists or militarists. Our motto is “people, peace and planet.” We realize that without health care for Earth’s air, water and soil, the human race will be vastly reduced by 2100. In that regard, we environmentalists are “conservatives,” working to conserve Earth’s resources rather than exploit them. We say “Tax the Rich!” instead of penalizing present and future retirees by blaming social programs for the growing national debt. Fix the tax scams passed for the wealthy and corporations.

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LATEST Podcast Episode: Jubilee Circles in Mexico–The Power of Small, Jubilee Circles to Bring Change

This is episode #101  of The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen, featuring Lee’s conversation with Angelica Juarez de Swanson and Lindsey Mercer Robledo from the September gathering of three Jubilee Circles in San Cristobal de las Cases in Chiapas, Mexico.

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Consumer Christmas Counter-Offensive

We’ve begun our Non-Consumer Christmas Campaign early this year. Since SLW! Podcast began in 2013, we’ve had a short series the last two months of the year reprising audio from an edition of “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?”

This year we extend the series for four months, issuing a new episode the 15th of each month.

“WHOSE Birthday?” is the Advent-Christmas annual for individuals, families and congregations or groups that at one time was published on paper. Now all editions are free online.

SLW! (and its predecessor Alternatives) has been countering the consumer assault on faith since 1973. But our mission is not just limited to Christmas. Christmas is just the most glaring example of replacing true meaning in life with stuff. It goes on all year–at other holidays, rites of passage and everyday.

In the now 30 annual editions of “Whose Birthday?” we use gentle reminders, helpful tips, Biblical reflections and fun activities, not lectures nor condescending judgments. We try to show how each one of us can resist, non-cooperate in the system for our own health and that of those around us… our families, friends and congregations.

Technical note: The SHOW NOTES for each episode are extensive. You can listen to and/or read any/all the items in all four episode whenever your like by following the links. So, you can binge or wait for each episode to be released.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help! – Latest Posts

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose just FIVE links to investigate. COMPLETE LIST (Monthly Digest). For links to earlier entries, check the previous SLW! Weekly Digests or Monthly Digests.

What’s Happened

  • Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites // Collaborators & Champions
  • Recent Responses to SLW! media
  • Simpler Formats for 2018–The complete SLW! Monthly Digest on the SLW! site features the latest posts from colleague organizations and is updated weekly. Simpler Living Weekly Nudge will feature offerings from SLW! It comes as your free subscription to  SLW! Blog. The Daily Nudge comes by email (send NUDGE to SimpleLivingworks@yahoo.com) or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.
  • Subscribers to SLW! Podcast also receive The Common Good Podcast (TCGP)–which I produce and co-host–on the 1st of the month. Likewise, subscribers to TCGP will receive SLW! Podcast on the 15th as a BONUS. So, SLW! Podcast subscribers will continue to receive two episodes per month. This makes good sense since the missions of both SLW! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics are so complementary and the two work together closely. Your comments on these changes are welcome.

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review.

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

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Simpler Living Weekly Nudge

11/1/18

LATEST Episode: Jubilee Circles in Mexico–The Power of Small, Jubilee Circles to Bring Change

This is episode #101  of The Common Good Podcast with co-hosts Lee Van Ham and Jerry Iversen, featuring Lee’s conversation with Angelica Juarez de Swanson and Lindsey Mercer Robledo from the September gathering of three Jubilee Circles in San Cristobal de las Cases in Chiapas, Mexico.

# # #

Consumer Christmas Counter-Offensive

We’ve begun our Non-Consumer Christmas Campaign early this year. Since SLW! Podcast began in 2013, we’ve had a short series the last two months of the year reprising audio from an edition of “Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?”

This year we extend the series for four months, issuing a new episode the 15th of each month.

“WHOSE Birthday?” is the Advent-Christmas annual for individuals, families and congregations or groups that at one time was published on paper. Now all editions are free online.

SLW! (and its predecessor Alternatives) has been countering the consumer assault on faith since 1973. But our mission is not just limited to Christmas. Christmas is just the most glaring example of replacing true meaning in life with stuff. It goes on all year–at other holidays, rites of passage and everyday.

This is not part of the “putting Christ back in Christmas” that gets activated when people say “Happy Holidays” or print “Merry Xmas.” For us that shallow thinking misses the big picture of the grotesque control of our lives by consumerism. (BTW, X is the Greek letter Chi, the first letter of Christ. X does not mean nothing as the fundamentalist preachers try to guilt us to think.)

In the now 30 annual editions of “Whose Birthday?” we use gentle reminders, helpful tips, Biblical reflections and fun activities, not lectures nor condescending judgments. We do not propose changing the entire capitalist system that depends on overconsumption and debt. We are not that deceived. We try to show how each one of us can resist, non-cooperate in the system for our own health and that of those around us… our families, friends and congregations.

Technical note: The SHOW NOTES for each episode are extensive. You can listen to and/or read any/all the items in all four episode whenever your like by following the links. So, you can binge or wait for each episode to be released.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help! – Latest Posts

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose just FIVE links to investigate. COMPLETE LIST (Monthly Digest). For links to earlier entries, check the previous SLW! Weekly Digests or Monthly Digests.

What’s Happened

  • Previews of Simple Living Blogs, Podcasts and Sites // Collaborators & Champions
  • Recent Responses to SLW! media
  • Simpler Formats for 2018–The complete SLW! Monthly Digest on the SLW! site features the latest posts from colleague organizations and is updated weekly. Simpler Living Weekly Nudge will feature offerings from SLW! It comes as your free subscription to  SLW! Blog. The Daily Nudge comes by email (send NUDGE to SimpleLivingworks@yahoo.com) or by Twitter @GeraldIversen. Choose the options that work for you.
  • Subscribers to SLW! Podcast also receive The Common Good Podcast (TCGP)–which I produce and co-host–on the 1st of the month. Likewise, subscribers to TCGP will receive SLW! Podcast on the 15th as a BONUS. So, SLW! Podcast subscribers will continue to receive two episodes per month. This makes good sense since the missions of both SLW! and Jubilee OneEarth Economics are so complementary and the two work together closely. Your comments on these changes are welcome.

Podcast Reminder

You can access all SLW! podcast audio and the show notes at SimpleLivingWorks.org (then click window #3). Complete Episode Index. Listen through your computer, iPod, iPad, iPhone (or equivalent).

SUBSCRIBE through iTunesStitcher.com or your favorite podcast service. To SUBSCRIBE to email notices, click Comments at the bottom of Show Notes, then check ‘Notify me of new posts by email.’ Please rate us in iTunes and leave a review.

Send us your email address to receive the free monthly SLW! eNews. Remember to like us on Facebook. Urge your friends to do the same. Do your friends a favor. Share our blog and podcast.

Like SLW! on Facebook. | Follow us on Twitter. | Follow us on Pinterest. Share your thoughts on our podcast and blogs. Email SimpleLivingWorks@yahoo.com, leave a message on our Facebook page or on the SLW! blog.

Peace, Gerald “Jerry” Iversen, Chief SLW! Activist

Copyright: Creative Commons non-commercial attribution share-alike license.

Through social media, we extend the mission and resources of the non-profit organization Alternatives, 1973-2011.

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Dec. 22, 2016

In This Issue:

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

  • Early 2017 SLW! Podcast guests: Renowned Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann on his new book Money & Possessions; Hazel Hendersonfounder, Ethical Markets Media, and Series Creator and Co-Executive Producer of its TV series, also author and syndicated columnist.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Advent Week Four

Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Dec. 15, 2016

In This Issue:

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

  • Early 2017 SLW! Podcast guests: Renowned Biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann on his new book Money & Possessions; Hazel Hendersonfounder, Ethical Markets Media, and Series Creator and Co-Executive Producer of its TV series, also author and syndicated columnist.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Advent Week 3

Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Dec. 8, 2016

In This Issue:

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

  • SLW! Podcast #83: WHOSE Birthday? — Christmas Season-Epiphany (annual Advent/Christmas resource for individuals, families, congregations) [preview #83] // Text from legacy issue #20, featuring Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, John and Peter Marty and many others.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Simple Living Works! eNews

#63 — Dec., 2016

In This Issue:

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

  • SLW! Podcast #83 —WHOSE Birthday? annual Advent/Christmas resource for individuals, families, congregations [preview #83] // Text from legacy issue #20, featuring Shane Claiborne, Tony Campolo, John and Peter Marty and many others.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened

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Simple Living Works! Weekly Digest

Nov. 22, 2016

In This Issue:

What’s NOW with SLW!

What’s Coming

Advent: Since Christmas is on a Sunday this year, Advent starts as early as ever, Nov. 27.

What Others Are Doing – So Much Help!

I gladly pass along links from simple living bloggers, podcasters, coaches and others. Some faith-based, some not. You needn’t read them all. Choose FIVE links — including SLW! — to investigate.

What’s Happened


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